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Belfast International Youth Hostel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed here between 150917 and 170917 so i could run in the Belfast Half Marathon. If you think about doing this event next year this place is approx 1.5 mile away from the start. Staff are very friendly, the rooms are clean and adequate and warm. Free wi-fi and a cheap cafe attached next door. Lovely people stay here and the toilets and bath/shower facilities which are shared on a floor are spotless.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

it is basically what you expect of a youth hostel, nothing more nothing less. The good thing is they have private rooms with en-suite for a very competitive price. The bathrooms themselves are not in the best shape, and the taps, which are of the push down type make a horrendous noise.... but hey... it is a hostel. One complaint... they do not have soap in the bathroom. Now I can understand that you have to bring your own towel, and shampoo (it is a hostel after all), but not having soap seems a bit old-school and not great on the hygiene front...Another thing to take note, they ask you to leave an ID card or passport in the reception while you stay there which could be a bit inconvenient.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

As a group leader for 20+ people I couldn't have asked for a better place to stay in Belfast. The hostel was clean and in a good location to explore the city. The staff went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable. I would recommend this hostel for groups and budget travelers alike!

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled on business
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Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

My husband and i stayed here friday night. We paid £35 for the room with a set of bunk beds. The room was very basic with only the bunks, sink and a rail for clothes but it was clean and warm. Our room was on the third floor which overlooked a noisy bar so not much sleep. The staff was friendly and helpful. There was a room with a shower and toilet up the corridor from us and a shared toilet across the corridor. There is a cafe called the causeway but it closes at 2pm so we didn't get to use it.
I have to say it was fairly easy to get to from botanic station which is the closest to it. And it's only down the road from queens university, the ulster museum and botanic gardens. It's well situated..tho not in the centre of town there are lots of things to do and see with lots of bars and eateries around so your spoiled for choice. I will add there are no towels in the room so best taking your own.
All in all if it's just a bed for the night you're looking for, then this is the place for you.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Hostelling_Intl_NI, Front Office Manager at Belfast International Youth Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2017

Thank you!
Cheap and cheerful sounds great to me.
Our standard 2 bedded rooms, which you booked, currently cost £30 per night midweek and £32 per night at the weekend: we also have ensuite twins and doubles which give you a little more space and a private shower/toilet for £40 per night midweek and £44 per night at the weekend. We have a small supply of towels which we lend to guests free of charge on request.
I think we are very lucky with our location, close to Botanic Rail Station as you say and only a short walk to Queens, the Ulster Museum and Botanic Gardens. We're also just a 10 minute walk from the Europa Bus Station, 15 minutes from City Hall.
I hope we'll see you on your next visit to Belfast.
David

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Reviewed 28 August 2017

The location is very good, 10 minutes walk from Europa bus station, couple of minutes from restaurants and pubs, and not too far from the city center (15 minutes, give or take).

We have a private twin room - worth every penny. Make sure your expectations are realistic compared to the rate paid and you won't be disappointed.

Causeway cafe has a large menu. We only had breakfast, and it was just what you need to start the day. Fresh and tasty and fair price.

The only real issue we had there was on our last day. We took a day tour and left our luggage at the hold room. We weren't told there was a time limit on it - and really, we've been traveling for over 20 years and stayed in quite a few IYHA locations, this was a first!
When we got back from the tour and dinner, we were kindly (and I used that term extremely loosely here) told by the night front desk guy that we have 5 minutes to collect out things and leave the property as we "weren't their guests anymore". Talk about hospitality... We did receive a long email prior to our arrival with their t&c but this was certainly not written there nor was it told to us in advance (nor is it something we've ever been told at any other hotel/hostel including IYHA locations) . shame.

So - just make sure your expectations are realistic and are well adjusted to what you're paying, make sure to ask the front desk about everything you need/plan and you should be ok.

Room Tip: Ask for a room that doesn't face the street - lots of drunk and noisy people at night.
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Hostelling_Intl_NI, Front Office Manager at Belfast International Youth Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2017

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review after your stay in August.
It's great to have mostly positve feedback in a review for a stay in our busiest month of the year, when we are often under pressure to turn around rooms, clean our common areas and so on before it all begins again.
Managing expectation can very difficult in hostels, particularly as more and more hostel beds and rooms are being sold on websites which in the past focused more on the hotel sector. I agree with you that if you consider the rate paid (particularly when you remember that the website on which you booked will have taken a big %) in relation to our rooms and general facilities provided, including 24 hour staffing, there is not too much to disappoint.
On a night when we are full, and we were most nights in August, we are dealing with 202 guests. We really want to make sure that everyone has the best experiencre possible. We have relatively limited seating areas on the ground floor (where guests access WiFi, plugs for charging etc): our kitchen, although big for a hostel kitchen, is probably not when you consider the number of people we accommodate. For this reason we try to make it clear that although we are happy to look after your luggage before check in (13.30) and after check out (11.00) hostel facilities generally are not available for you to use before and after your stay as this impacts on guests already in house and those arriving to check in - leading to complaints that we don't have enough common space, seating, that our kitchen is not well-equipped and so on.
We never hold luggage on the day of check out beyond 23.00, when we lock our front door.
We draw lines sometimes, are flexible when we can be, but hope that all (or most) of our guests leave happy.
David

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Additional Information about Belfast International Youth Hostel

Address: 22-23 Donegall Road, Belfast BT12 5JN, Northern Ireland
Region: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > Belfast > Golden Mile
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 39 Speciality Lodging in Belfast
Price Range: ₹ 1,041 - ₹ 2,602 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Belfast International Youth Hostel 4*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This hostel is the biggest in Belfast and the only one affiliated with Hostelling International. It's a short walk from both Belfast City Hall and Queen's University, and close to both the Europa Bus Station and Botanic Train Station. The hostel has a range of rooms, from group dorms to doubles, some with ensuite shower/toilet and some with shared facilities - so something to suit every budget. The hostel has free WI-FI in the common areas of the ground and first floor, free left luggage and good-value laundry facilities. The Causeway Cafe on the ground floor serves up good value grub and McCombs Coaches (based at the hostel) offers Game of Thrones and Giant's Causeway tours. ... more   less 
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